Nigeria: Atiku Responds to Ruling Party's Claim He's Cameroonian

PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar.
13 April 2019

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Demcratic Party, PDP, for the February 23 poll, Atiku Abubakar has said, by claiming that Atiku is a Cameroonian, can't challenge Buhari's victory, APC tells Tribunal the All Progressives Party, APC, was attempting an unconstitutional redefinition of the term 'Nigerian.'

Atiku, a former Vice President, in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, claimed that the APC and its candidate for the election, President Muhammadu Buhari trampled on the will of Nigerians, describing their allegation as ridiculous.

He said his case was based on facts and statistical evidence and challenged both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC, to disprove what he termed 'factual submissions' rather than bringing in the baseless allegation of citizenship.

"The fact that the APC chose to base its defence on the ridiculous assertion that the Waziri Adamawa is not a Nigerian should show to Nigerians the type of characters we have in the APC and its government, whose legitimacy runs out on May 29, 2019.

"Our lawyers would, of course, do the needful in court.

But the point I want to draw the attention of Nigerians to is that both the APC and its candidate have, by this infantile logic, admitted to the fact that they trampled on the will of Nigerians and that their only defence is to attempt an unconstitutional redefinition of the term 'Nigerian.'

"I am, however, confident in the Nigerian judiciary, as well as in the Nigerian people. I trust that the Tribunal will treat such a claim with the contempt it deserves.

"We must maintain our fidelity to the rule of law and to our fountain of origin, the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

"Atiku Abubakar has served our nation diligently in various capacities, form the civil service, where he rose through merit, to the top of his chosen field, to public service, where, by the grace of God, he was the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"I make bold to state that those who have made Nigeria the world headquarters for extreme poverty are the very people whose Nigerianness should be in doubt, and not a man, who worked with President Olusegun Obasanjo to double the per capita Income of our nation in less than eight years," he said.

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